Dr. Janaka Adassuriya, an esteemed astronomer from the Physics Department at Colombo University, has announced a rare celestial treat for Sri Lankans this weekend. The peak of the Leonid meteor shower is expected to grace the skies on both Saturday (18) and Sunday (19).
Dr. Adassuriya advised enthusiasts that the prime viewing window for these meteors will commence post 2 am on both days. For optimal sightings, observers are encouraged to gaze toward the Leo constellation along the eastern horizon.
However, he tempered expectations by noting that this particular meteor shower typically offers a modest display, showcasing an estimated count of 10-15 meteors per hour.